Suicide Prevention Toolkit
By Jennifer Scott
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Someone who is facing extremely difficult or trying times, may feel like there is no way out. The sad reality is that many in this situation resort to the only thing that seems like it could bring relief: suicide. Tragically, over 44,193 people die because of suicide each year in America. This means that every day roughly 121 people choose to take their own life.
These overwhelming statistics are the heartbeat of suicide prevention. Can you imagine how
many lives could be saved if we all were equipped with a suicide prevention toolkit? Keep these resources and tips in mind as you spread the word about how to prevent suicide.
Resources for Emergency Situations
If you or someone you know is in need of immediate help, call 911 or the local police
department. They will provide the fastest response team to come to your aid. If you are in a
situation that requires immediate help, standard first aid practices may need to be implemented until a first responder arrives. Local hospitals or clinics can provide full medical attention, or can direct you to the nearest rehabilitation facility. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available around the clock to take phone calls from those coping with suicidal thoughts. For emotional recovery from suicide ideation or a suicide attempt, contact a local pastor or counselor to schedule a session.
Suicide is a significant issue in the United States. While people choose suicide for a variety of
reasons, one of the main contributing factors is substance abuse. Addiction to alcohol or
dependency on drugs, like heroin addiction, can increase the chances of suicidal thoughts.
Among other effects of these harmful substances, those with an addiction are also likely to
struggle financially or have an emotional disorder such as depression. These other facts
surrounding the issue of suicide are staggering:
● Of those who choose suicide, 90 percent had a treatable mental or emotional disorder at
the time of death.
● For every death caused by suicide, 12 other people have made the attempt.
● Many of those who have made a suicide attempt admit that substance abuse was
involved, especially in the case of younger people.
● More males commit suicide than females, but more females attempt suicide than males.
Long-Term Health and Prevention
A previously suicidal person may need to maintain regular meetings with a pastor or counselor. An honest conversation about progress or sharing life’s stressful moments with someone else can help relieve tension that could otherwise lead to suicidal thoughts. Finding a life coach or mentor would also provide similar results. Life coaches remind you to stay focused on your long-term goals, and create a plan of action for you to fulfill them. By continuously seeing your progress and succeeding in small things, you will find satisfaction and purpose, which will replace suicidal thoughts with plans for the future.
Engaging in enjoyable activities and reducing daily stress can also help prevent suicide. Take a moment to explore hobbies or schedule a vacation to destress. Sustain healthy eating habits so that your physical health does not take a toll on your mental health. Those who have struggled with suicidal thoughts as the result of depression, anxiety, or substance abuse, should carefully monitor any prescribed medicines. Talk to your doctor about your mental or emotional history before taking heavy medications.
Stay informed about ways you can help prevent suicide. Share these statistics and tips with
your loved ones to spread awareness. Most importantly, share hope with your friends and family to prevent suicide and to build hope for the future of those you love.